Rafael Nadal has confirmed he will return to ATP Tour in the upcoming Mutua Madrid Open, which will begin next week. Nadal will get back to action after almost a month following his stress fracture injury in his rib. The Spaniard had suffered the injury in the semifinal clash of the Indian Wells against Carlos Alcaraz and had complained of breathing issues in the final against Taylor Fritz.
Subsequently, Nadal went on to miss Rolex Monte Carlo Masters, Miami Open, and the Barcelona Open. Nadal recently got back to light training in his own academy in Mallorca.
The 21-time Grand slam champion will look to begin his French Open preparation with Madrid Open, which he has won on five occasions.
“Despite having a short preparation and facing a difficult event, I can’t wait to play at home, where we don’t have many chances to do so,” Nadal said in a Tweet, confirming his participation in the year’s fourth ATP Masters 1000 event. “I’ll try to do my best. See you in Madrid!”
Meanwhile, Nadal holds an impressive 54-13 record in the Madrid event and he will look to continue the good show while making his return.
On the other hand, Nadal will be gunning for his 14th Roland Garros title. The veteran had got off to a dream start in the season as he had a 20-0 record before losing to Taylor Fritz in the final of the BNP Paribas Open at Indian Wells.
Nadal has already won three titles in 2022, which is the joint highest with Carlos Alcaraz and Andrey Rublev. The 35-year-old will look to hit the ground running at the Madrid Open.